BOSTON (CBS) – School officials in Boston are taking extra steps to keep students safe from the heat on the first day of school.

Temperatures are expected to soar into the mid-90s on Tuesday, but many schools in the district are too old for air conditioning.

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Boston Superintendent Tommy Chang took to Twitter on Monday night defending the decision to start hitting the books despite the potentially record-breaking heat.

For the more than 90 schools with no air conditioning, 100 industrial-sized fans will take the lead. And schools with no water fountains will get an extra delivery of 40-gallon jugs water to quench students’ thirst.

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“We advise students to dress in weather-appropriate clothes and drink lots of water to stay well-hydrated,” Chang tweeted.

Last year, Mayor Marty Walsh unveiled a 10-year master plan to improve the city’s aging school infrastructure.

“How do we fix schools? Do we merge schools? Do we create new schools? We’re going to be looking at the whole system citywide,” said the mayor.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Karyn Regal reports: 

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